Why choose daily wear lenses?
Daily wear lenses are a great option due to their simplicity of use. Unlike reusable lenses, you won't need to worry about keeping the lenses clean. In fact, most experts agree that daily contact lenses are the healthiest choice for contact lens wearers because they don't get the build-up of minerals and debris that other types of lenses can get. Additionally, daily lenses are also a better option for those who suffer from allergies, as the cleaning and solutions associated with reusable contacts can sometimes exacerbate the allergy problems. The materials used to manufacture daily contacts are also designed to make the lenses extremely thin and comfortable to wear. The lenses release moisture throughout the day, helping to avoid the dry eyes that many people associate with wearing contact lenses.
How do daily lenses work?
Most daily wear lenses are made from a soft plastic called silicone hydrogel. This is a gas permeable material - meaning that it allows oxygen to circulate through the lens to the surface of your eye. This is crucial for maintaining good ocular health and can help to prevent infections and other complications. Daily contact lenses are usually provided in boxes containing multiple pairs of lenses - generally a one-month supply. Each lens is individually packaged in a small container, along with some moisturising fluid. When you're ready to insert the contact lenses, you simply need to wash your hands and then open the package containing the new lens. Put the lenses in as normal and go about your day. Before you go to bed at night, simply remove the lenses and throw them away.
The options available when you choose daily contacts
Whatever your vision requirements, there are daily contact lenses that will fit your needs. Options are available for those suffering from nearsightedness and farsightedness. Toric lenses for astigmatism and varifocal lenses for presbyopia are also available. If you're looking for daily contacts, you may also want to choose coloured lenses, like Freshlook 1 Day Colours - have a different eye colour every day! These options can transform your appearance with natural colour effects - including brown, hazel, green and blue.
Finding the right pair of contact lenses
Before you decide which daily wear lenses to get, it's important to get your eyes carefully checked to ensure that the ones you choose will correct your vision adequately. Your eye care professional can also help you decide which type of contacts best suit your lifestyle. Remember that routine eye examinations are recommended to ensure your eyes remain healthy and to monitor your vision correction needs. Over time, your prescription is likely to change, so be sure to get your eyes checked on a regular basis. Depending on your age and other circumstances, you may be eligible for a free eye exam on the NHS.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 24 Apr 2015, Last modified: 17 Jul 2019